It hasn’t been the easiest year to build or renovate a house but the state’s builders have brought their best, realising the visions of architects and their clients to create exceptional homes. There’s clearly no shortage of building professionals ready to rise to the challenges of working with difficult sites and exacting details to create exceptional living environments. Check out our selection of this year’s finalists in the NSW HIA-CSR Renovations & Additions categories.
This house has been designed as a sanctuary; hence the name, The Nest. Materials such as travertine tiles and timber floors have been chosen to blend in with the natural environment while giving the two-storey house a timeless, modern look. It also has heated floors in all three bathrooms.
$600,000 to $800,000
Called the Treehouse, this house in the conservation zone in Haberfield came with its own special challenges. Designed to take in the views of The Bay Run and the city skyline, it has four exposed Glu-Lam beams supporting the existing floor, the new floor and the roof of the two-storey home.
After living overseas for seven years, the owners of this house in Clovelly wanted to better capitalise on the position of their 120-year-old home. They opted for a second floor addition, which included reworking the ground floor layout to allow for a larger kitchen, dining space and living area, as well as a wraparound veranda. Damp and termite damage on the ground floor led to a decision to pour a concrete slab, which allowed for the installation of in-slab hydronic underfloor heating powered by natural gas and finished with engineered timber floorboards. Upstairs, the builders added three bedrooms plus a master suite with dressing room and ensuite.
$1.2 million-$3 million
You may feel like you’ve wandered into a Tuscan village, but this is acreage estate in Sydney. Designed with a central open-air hallway, there are separate buildings leading off to each side. Materials, like the terracotta roof tiles, have been chosen to be the same, but different, while modern tech such as underfloor heating, Wi-Fi and Low-E glazing has been hidden in plain sight. Some of the solid roof beams were craned in and all the timber has been aged in this extraordinary project.
Over $3 million
It’s not hard to see where the money went in the renovation of this Hamptons-style house at Seaforth. Set over three levels, living and sleeping areas are spread across the two lower floors, with the master suite on the top level, opening out onto a terrace with sweeping ocean views.
Set into a sloping site, the main living area is positioned on the mid level, defined by a spacious central staircase with skylight to draw light through from the upper floor. Changes in level are carefully managed, creating separate living and dining zones. Made for entertaining, this jaw-dropping seaside house has it all.